Giving somebody the business is a term from the old Leave it to Beaver TV series. (Wally Cleaver) “Boy, Beaver, wait’ll the guys find out you were hanging around with a girl. They’ll really give you the business.”
Arguing just for the sake of arguing and giving people a hard time is a sport for a lot of people – now more than ever. Knowing their particular motivation for doing it comes in handy when you’re dealing with them. This piece suggests that people fall into one of three cranky categories. competitor-contrarians, gadflies, and left brainers.